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It's a long weekend and it's only two-thirds over, but I suspect I won't add any more activities to the set I've already performed this weekend. I'll probably revisit some of them tomorrow, though! So without further ado... what has Mark been up to this weekend?! I'm sure you have really been wanting to know!

[personal profile] afuna and I took N171MA (my airplane) out to Petaluma for breakfast. We had some nice food and milkshakes at the Two Niner Diner and then ran into a fellow pilot and his wife and spent a while chatting. I really enjoy hanging around airports and talking airplanes and I'm pretty lucky [personal profile] afuna is always game to go.

I've tried a few times to learn to knit but I think it's finally sticking. I finished a washcloth (garter stitch) the other day and I wanted to step up to something similarly simple but a little more involved. A hat seemed to be the order of the day! [personal profile] afuna was so excited to take me to our local yarn store where I picked out this dashing color. My first self-selected yarn purchase. I've started on the process of turning it into a beanie cap based on some design claiming to be a WW2 beanie cap. It's going to be a slow project but I'll get it eventually.

This morning I cooked a Dutch Baby (a type of pancake, loosely). While it isn't precisely what the canonical one looks like, it was still pretty tasty. I believe the recipe was a bit undersized for the pan and therefore it cooked faster/grew up the sides more than a typical one would. Either way it was great and I was happy to have eaten it.

It's okay if you have no idea what those photos are. They're ribs -- airplane ribs, that is. For the past year and a half I've been slowly building an airplane in my garage. I haven't really written much about it anywhere because it's such a niche/slow project, but it's something I've been working on. When it's done it'll look something like this airplane, although the coloring/wheel setup will be different.

Today I was working on ribs #1-4 on the left wing, adding reinforcing material (lengths of so-called standard L-angle). These ribs are the ones closest to the fuselage and are designed to support the weight of the humans that have to climb on the wings to board the aircraft. (It's a small low-wing plane which means you climb aboard by stepping onto the wings.)

And finally, I'm spending my evening working on Dreamwidth. Trying to get the BlobStore system up and running and ready to land so I can push forward to deprecate MogileFS. Simpler systems are more reliable and easier to operate! Yay!

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So there you have it. This weekend I've piloted an airplane for breakfast, cooked, knitted, coded, and written software. I'm feeling pretty happy about this, honestly. Most of my weekends involve fewer activities but this one has been a really solid one.

Until next time, loyal readers...

Date: 2017-01-16 06:25 am (UTC)

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From: [personal profile] afuna
<3 I love spending time with you. And I'm always happy to eat what you cook :3
Date: 2017-01-16 08:51 am (UTC)

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From: [personal profile] matthew
Dude, you are building an airplane. That is *so* freaking cool. I just re-build motorcycles and I'm years behind on that!
Date: 2017-01-16 03:41 pm (UTC)

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From: [personal profile] nanila
You had some glorious weather for that flight! Good luck with the beanie project, and of course, the aeroplane & Dreamwidth projects too.
Date: 2017-01-16 06:02 pm (UTC)

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From: [personal profile] niqaeli
This sounds like an excellent, if busy, weekend! I am especially delighted to hear that knitting may have stuck this time :D I love knitting both for all the neat things you can do with it and how I can use it to manage my ADHD. *g*
Date: 2017-01-17 12:14 am (UTC)

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From: [personal profile] chemicallace
Wait, you're building a Zodiac? I'm thinking about building an RV-12 and would love to chat sometime about how homebuilding has been going for you and your choice of kit.

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